NGA urges the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the ADA Reform and Education Act of 2017

ARLINGTON, Va., 2017-Nov-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, and 28 state trade associations today urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the ADA Reform and Education Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) in a letter sent to lawmakers. The legislation would protect businesses from frivolous lawsuits brought by ethically questionable lawyers often only seeking a payout instead of protecting disabled patrons.

Independent supermarket operators are frequently targets for legal action, or threats of legal action, designed to force a business to settle out of court instead of sustaining a protracted and expansive legal battle. To give stores an opportunity to correct potential violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), H.R. 620 would require supermarket operators to be given 60-days to respond to allegations after receiving written warning, and 120-days to make substantial progress toward addressing the alleged violation.

“In recent years, supermarket operators are no longer simply negotiating slip-and-fall lawsuits, but patent trolling and the threat of ADA litigation as well,” the group wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “Often ADA litigators have never been in the store that they are threatening to sue, or do not have a client that has been injured or harmed in any way. These attorneys regularly send threatening letters to store owners in hopes of an easy settlement.”

“Independent grocers are committed to complying with all ADA guidelines and making their stores accessible to disabled customers,” said Chris Jones, vice president of government relations and counsel at NGA. “Any supermarket found to have shortcomings under the ADA should be granted an opportunity to take corrective measures without the threat of a frivolous lawsuit from lawyers who are more interested in making a buck than protecting the rights of the disabled.”

Source: NGA

Dollar General opens its 14th distribution center located at Janesville, Wisconsin

Dollar General opens its 14th distribution center located at Janesville, Wisconsin

 

Major retailer invests $100 million and creates more than 500 jobs to support Midwest stores

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Jun-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — This morning (June 03, 2017), nearly 1,000 Dollar General (NYSE: DG) employees, their families and company executives were joined by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan along with state and local dignitaries to celebrate the grand opening in Janesville, Wisconsin, of the discount retailer’s 14th distribution center. The distribution center represents a local investment of approximately $100 million and the creation of more than 500 local jobs.

“Dollar General is excited to celebrate the grand opening of our Janesville distribution center and it is an honor to welcome Speaker Ryan to our facility as well as state and local leaders who supported this project,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “We have built a strong team in Janesville, and this new facility strengthens our distribution network and our ability to serve customers. We are delighted to have a strong presence in Wisconsin and look forward to a longstanding partnership with the community as we continue to focus on our mission of Serving Others.”

Construction began on the approximately one-million-square-foot facility in November 2015 and shipping from the facility began in January 2017. The Janesville distribution center serves approximately 800 stores in nine states in the upper Midwest. With the completion of this project and its more than 130 store locations in the state, Dollar General now has more than 1,300 employees in the state of Wisconsin.

Negotiations with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and local and county representatives produced an incentive package that ultimately solidified Dollar General’s commitment to Wisconsin.

“Congratulations to Dollar General on the opening of its new facility, which is creating hundreds of new jobs in the region. It will have a very positive impact on Rock County and the rest of the state,” said Governor Scott Walker. “The pro-business climate in Wisconsin is attracting more companies like Dollar General to our state, which is part of the reason Chief Executive Magazine just placed us on its Top 10 list of the Best States for Business.”

“I am thrilled Dollar General has decided to build its new distribution center in my hometown, Janesville,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan. “I believe the employees and employers in the Badger State can compete with anyone, and with pro-growth policies like tax and regulatory reform, we can help to continue to create jobs.”

As part of the celebration, Dollar General donated $10,000 to the Hedberg Public Library to support its literacy and outreach initiatives.

“Dollar General has been an outstanding addition to our local economy and great community partner,” said Josh Smith, Rock County administrator. “We look forward to continuing to work with them as a strong member of our community for years to come.”

“The City of Janesville is proud to be able to say that it is home to a key component of one of the fastest growing retailers in the United States,” said Gale Price, economic development director, City of Janesville. “In addition to the over 500 jobs that will be added to the Janesville and Rock County economy, Dollar General and its employees are engaged in important community activities that help make Janesville a community of choice.”

Dollar General’s 13 other distribution centers are located in Alachua, Florida; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Bessemer, Alabama; Bethel, Pennsylvania; Fulton, Missouri; Indianola, Mississippi; Jonesville, South Carolina; Lebec, California; Marion, Indiana; San Antonio, Texas; Scottsville, Kentucky; South Boston, Virginia; and Zanesville, Ohio. The company has begun construction on its 15th distribution center in Jackson, Georgia, and is planning for its 16th distribution center in Amsterdam, New York.

Clayco Inc. served as general contractor for the Janesville distribution center. Leo A Daly did the building design and Élan Design Lab, Inc. did the civil design work.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,601 stores in 44 states as of May 5, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

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Source: Dollar General Corporation

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NRF’s David French: The border tax proposal would cause the tax burden on retailers to skyrocket

WASHINGTON, 2017-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retailers would “have no choice” but to pass the higher costs on to consumers if Congress passes a proposed $1 trillion border adjustment tax as part of tax reform, the National Retail Federation said today (May 23, 2017).

“The border tax proposal would cause the tax burden on retailers to skyrocket,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French wrote in a statement submitted to the House Ways and Means Committee. “Under this proposal, many retailers will have a tax burden that is larger than their profits. …Obviously, they will have no choice but to pass the tax cost forward to their customers. …Small businesses may be particularly vulnerable to the impact of the border tax on prices.”

The committee is holding a hearing this morning on the border adjustment proposal, which is part of the “Better Way” tax reform plan proposed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

“The retail industry has been a strong proponent of income tax reform,” French said. “We believe that income tax reform that lowers the rates and broadens the tax base can provide economic growth for the economy as a whole and can be good for the American consumer. We do not believe that a new tax system that shifts the burden of taxation to the consumer is good for our industry, which is the nation’s largest employer, or good for the American consumer.”

The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world and NRF has led the retail industry in advocating for comprehensive tax reform that would broaden the tax base and lower the corporate tax rate. Retail benefits from few of the tax breaks that lower tax bills for other industries, and pays at or close to the full 35 percent statutory rate.

Among other provisions, the Ryan-Brady plan would create a 20 percent tax on imported goods by ending retailers’ ability to deduct the cost of merchandise that they import. That means retailers would be taxed at nearly the full selling price of imported merchandise rather than just their profit, amounting to $1 trillion in extra costs over the first 10 years.

The border adjustment tax would have significant implications for retailers and other industries that import goods into the United States, including automobiles, technology, food and fuel. Analysis by NRF and many of its member companies indicates that the proposed tax would drive up costs, erode profits and exceed any benefits from a lower rate. It would require price increases of 15 percent or more to retain profitability, effectively creating a new tax paid by consumers.

The BAT would also put at risk millions of retail-supported jobs. A BAT could cause retailers to see tax bills three to five times the amount of their profits, threatening to drive some merchants out of business. The small retailers that make up 98 percent of the retail industry and provide 40 percent of its jobs would be at the biggest risk.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

Contact:

Robin Roberts
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Lagardère Travel Retail opens combined Travelwell/Trader store at Perth Airport

Perth, AUSTRALIA, 2015-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The travel retailer will open their first standalone Wellness concept, Travelwell, in combination with their premium Convenience concept, Trader.

As part of Perth Airport’s redevelopment of the International Terminal 1, the 105m2 combination store will join several new retail and foodservice concepts when it opens next year.

Travelwell’s comprehensive offer will cater to the needs of any traveller. Whether they’re after pre-flight necessities to get them ready for their journey, in-flight products to keep them comfortable, or items to keep them safe and healthy once they reach their destination, Travelwell equips travellers with everything they need for their journey and beyond. The product range will include travel remedies, skin care, analgesics, vitamins and supplements, makeup and fragrances, baby and toddler care, and pharmacy accessories.

Trader brings a premium, sophisticated convenience offer, which includes drinks, confectionery, chocolates, savoury snacks, and Grab & Go items such a sandwiches and sweets. With a bright and fresh aesthetic that stands out amongst conventional convenience offers, Trader combines freshness, quality and service.

Scott Norris, Executive General Manager Commercial Services said Perth Airport Pty Ltd was delighted to be working with Lagardère Travel Retail to deliver the two new stores, as part of their Terminal 1 (T1) forecourt and retail hub transformation.

“Travelwell is an exciting new wellness retail concept not only for Perth, but Australia, and we are thrilled to build on our partnership with Lagardère Travel Retail to ensure the travel wellness and convenience needs of both domestic and international passengers are looked after at T1,” said Mr Norris.

Having conducted extensive research of the Perth passenger profile to ensure the customer is front of mind, Paul Ryan, Development Director, Pacific of Lagardère Travel Retail said, “We are very proud to be bringing the combination of Travelwell and Trader to Perth Airport, allowing us to improve the overall shopping experience at the Airport. We are confident all travellers will be equipped with everything they need for their journey and beyond, along with providing everyday essentials for the Airport community.”

The award of this concession represents a significant expansion to Lagardère Travel Retail’s presence in Perth Airport’s International Terminal. The Trader/Travelwell store will join Hub Convenience, Purely Merino and Relay stores, as well as LINK, which is the latest evolution of Lagardère Travel Retail’s NewsLink concept.

The Perth LINK store was officially launched recently in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by representatives from both Lagardère Travel Retail and Perth Airport. The reimagining of the NewsLink concept at Perth Airport has produced a bright, eye-catching store that features several “Worlds” such as Lonely Planet, Travelwell and tech2go, taking a comprehensive and holistic approach to Travel Essentials.

The combined Travelwell/Trader store will be located opposite the T1 International Check-in area.

Lagardère Travel Retail currently operates two Travelwell shop-in-shops in Perth and Queenstown Airports, and Trader stores in Brisbane and Sydney Airports.

ABOUT LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL: With 3,2 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2014 and a presence in 30 countries, 150 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveller all along his journey. Beyond its three businesses expertise, as a multi-specialist assembler, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location.

In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India.

CONTACTS

Matthieu Mercier, CEO +61 2 8218 1105 • m.mercier@lagardere-traspac.com www.lagardere-traspac.com

Janette Doolan, Communications Manager +61 2 8218 1142 • j.doolan@lagardere-traspac.com www.lagardere-traspac.com

SOURCE: Lagardère Travel Retail c

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Lagardère Travel Retail opens combined Travelwell/Trader store at Perth Airport

Launch of Perth LINK

Lagardere Travel Retail to bring brand new concept, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink to the Tasmanian travel retail market

Tasmania, Australia, 2015-11-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The travel retailer will enter the Tasmanian travel retail market with a brand new concept, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink.

The 230m2 retail site will be the only specialty offer in the redeveloped terminal, providing visitors to Launceston a high quality, creative, quintessentially Tasmanian retail offer, in a personalised store environment.

Tailored specifically for Launceston Airport, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink is the first time the concept will be seen in the Pacific region.

Featuring beautiful graphic imagery, in-store theatre and iconic colour palettes giving a sense of place, The Launceston Store by NewsLink will depict Tasmania’s rich history, vibrant present and exciting future. Offering a dedicated destination store covering both Travel Essentials and Gifts & Souvenirs, it will clearly demonstrate that Launceston is at the heart of Tasmania.

With a strong focus on local produce and the best Tasmanian gifting market, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink will also feature shop-in-shop tech2go, Travelwell, luggage and wool offers, as well as our gourmet food and wine offer, Icons. This will be inspired by our flagship store in Adelaide Airport, keeping up its reputation as the market leader for gifting of gourmet food & wine in domestic travel retail in Australia.

Paul Ryan, Development Director of Lagardère Travel Retail for Pacific region says of this exciting new development in the Pacific region, “this is a really exciting bespoke development for us in the Pacific region. To enter the Tasmanian market is very much in line with our strategy and vision, and Launceston is a great place for us to showcase our latest concept, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink. The store is designed to stand proudly as the Heart of Tasmania, and its offer will be new and innovative.

To be selected by Launceston Airport as their Travel Essentials partner of choice is extremely pleasing, and we are delighted to provide a retail solution to meet the Airport’s clear vision for the retail offer within the terminal redevelopment. We look forward to working with the Launceston Airport team over the coming months to deliver the project.

Launceston Airport General Manager, Paul Hodgen, welcomed the new partnership with Lagardère Travel Retail and praised their innovative Launceston Store concept, saying ‘the store aligns with Launceston Airport’s goal of introducing a greater sense of place, adding a Tasmanian look and feel to the terminal and promoting locally sourced products available for passengers’

The store is scheduled to open prior to Christmas.

Notes to the editor:

About Lagardère Travel Retail
With 3,2 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2014 and a presence in 30 countries, 150 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveler all along his journey. Beyond its three businesses expertise, as a multi-specialist assembler, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location.

In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India.

CONTACTS
Matthieu Mercier, CEO
+61 2 8218 1105 • m.mercier@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lsaspac.com
Janette Doolan, Communications Manager
+61 2 8218 1142 • j.doolan@lagardere-traspac.com
www.lsaspac.com

SOURCE: Lagardère Services ASPAC

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Lagardere Travel Retail to bring brand new concept, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink to the Tasmanian travel retail market

Lagardere Travel Retail to bring brand new concept, “The Launceston Store” by NewsLink to the Tasmanian travel retail market